Rose, Pink Ribbon and Orange oil on canvas 12 x 12
The lazy girl’s plein air painting is what I should have named this one.
plein-air |ˈplān ˈe(ə)r|
adjective [ attrib. ]
denoting or in the manner of a 19th-century style of painting outdoors, or with a strong sense of the open air, that became a central feature of French Impressionism.
ORIGIN from French en plein air ‘in the open air.’
Today the sun was shining so brightly through the kitchen window I felt compelled to venture upstairs from my controlled lighting environment art studio - in other words, I’m the master of the lamp that shines the light on each still life I paint. I decide how bright, where it’s going to light an object and it never changes...unless a) I change it or b) the bulb burns out.
Today I was willing to turn that control over to the sun like the plein-air painters do. With the exception that... this is where the lazy part comes in..... it’s still March and it’s still way too cold outside so inside painting at the window is my version of plein-air painting. The challenges were the same - the sun was playing hide and seek with the clouds and the longer I fussed with the details the further the shadows shifted.
All and all.... the process was joyful and the pink ribbon and roses had a spotlight again today... which brought thought and prayers to Hannah as she recovers from Tuesday’s surgery.
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